It is common knowledge that the streets of Chicago are a busy place to say the least. On a given day you’ll hear the zoom of passing tires and honking horns as countless cars, buses, and trucks go by. Chicago is a major destination for business traveling in and out of the city and tourism, meaning there is a high volume of traffic on a daily basis, even in addition to the high number of residents. However, the streets of Chicago are not just filled with vehicles, but many pedestrians as well. People in the city do not only travel by vehicle but often by foot as well. With a mix of wheels and feet, we must all take extra caution and be alert for each other. When parties are negligent, serious accidents can and do occur. When these are between vehicles and pedestrians, these collisions are especially dangerous.
A recent report by ABC 7 Chicago relays news of an accident where a mother and toddler were hit by a semi-truck on Chicago’s South Side. At the time of the accident, the victims were in the crosswalk of 69th and S. Prairie heading toward a CTA bus stop. The mother was pushing her 2-year-old daughter in a stroller when they were hit head-on by a semi-truck and pinned beneath the truck.
Both the mother and child required hospitalization. The young girl sustained brain injuries and a leg injury. A CTA bus was behind the truck at the time of the collision, and passengers witnessed the accident occur. Many got off the bus at the time of the collision to try to help the mother and child trapped beneath the truck. Firefighters responded to the scene and eventually freed the victims from the entrapment.
The truck involved in the incident was part of a company from Little Village called Lakeshore Recycling Systems. Reports have revealed that this company has had 16 crashes in the past two years alone. The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. The victims were put in in critical condition as a result of the accident and have been battling life-threatening injuries.
This is not an isolated case for serious injuries. In the case of pedestrian accidents, serious injuries and death are extremely common, and these accidents happen all too frequently in the Chicago area. Because these accidents consist of a large vehicle moving at high speeds colliding against an unprotected small person by comparison, the injuries are more often than not life-threatening or even permanent. Such injuries may include damage to vital areas of the body, like the head and neck, or result in nerve damage or spinal chord paralysis, or even result in loss of the use of a limb or the complete loss of a limb. Because these accidents are so serious, it is imperative that drivers are vigilant to their surroundings, use caution in busy areas, and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.